Representative Hafiz Ibrahim Kawu raise a MOTION in the Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Wednesday, December 16th, 2020. Call for Intervention in the ongoing Recruitment Exercise into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS):
The House: Notes the ongoing recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NCDC) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) where 190,000 candidates applied for different cadres advertised for Degree, HND, NCE, OND and SSCE holders. Also notes that the first phase of the recruitment exercise is a Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) where the Civil Defence, Federal Fire Service, Immigration and Nigeria Correctional Services Board (CDFIPB) partnered with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to conduct.
Aware that the Computer Based Aptitude Test for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service was held on 7 December 2020 while that of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) took place on 8 December 2020 in 126 centers across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory and, out of the 190,000 candidates that applied, only 9,460 candidates were invited for the CBAT.
Disturbed that a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics in 2012 revealed that out of the over 200 million Nigerians, only 4.5 percent of Nigerians own a computer and that over 95 percent of Nigerians lack access to a computer, thus, several or millions of Nigerians are not computer literate and have no access to computer systems.
Also disturbed that the computer-based test only favoured candidates who can operate computers as the Civil Defence, Federal Fire Service, Immigration and Correctional Services Board (CDFIPB) did not consider citizens who may not be skilled in computer operation by providing an alternative for handwritten examinations in order to provide a level playing ground for all candidates who applied; and Cognizant of the provision of Section 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 which states that "the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a state based on the principles of democracy and social justice.
(i) Urge the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) to immediately suspend and/or cancel the Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) that was conducted on the 7 and 8 December, 2020 being discriminatory and contrary to the enshrined principles of fairness and social justice, and revert to the previous manner by which the said agencies have conducted recruitment exercises in the past; and
(ii) mandate the Committees on Interior and Federal Character to monitor the CDFIPB recruitment exercise and ensure strict compliance and adherence to the principles of fairness and social justice.
Rep. Kawu moved the motion calling for intervention in the on-going recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and it was seconded by Rep. Abdulsalam Umara.
Rep. Kawu stated that the motion seeks to cover those who will be recruited as drivers, cleaners, security guards etc. who do not have the computer literacy being demanded. He pleaded with members for the motion to be adopted.
Rep. Ibrahim Olanrewaju in speaking against the motion stated that the minimum requirement for the lowest cadre will be at least S.S.C.E and everyone at that level ought to be computer literate. He stated that adopting the motion as it is would be tantamount to taking the country backwards.
Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas spoke in support of the motion that the exercise for military firms deals more with physical fitness than intellectual and computer literacy and no one should be left out.
The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila clarified that having read the debate, the motion is not trying to lower the threshold, but it seeks to accommodate those in the rural areas without Internet access.
Rep. Oghene Egoh reminded members that all the exams whose certificates form the basic requirements are all computer-based and the motion’s prayer is misleading as even those in the rural areas partake in JAMB and SSCE which both apply computer-based examinations.
Rep. Nkeiruka Onyeajeocha called on members to let the standing committee of the House to handle the issue and leave out setting up an Ad-Hoc committee.
Rep. Chidi Momah called for the House Committee on reformatory institutions to be added to the investigation.
Rep. Ahmed Jaha proposed an amendment to prayer 2 of the motion to mandate the affected committees to investigate and report back to the House within six weeks.
The motion was voted on and adopted as amended.